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SFPUC employee Lilianna Preciado died Wednesday when a vehicle slid off a tow truck, according to city officials. (Courtesy SFPUC)

A city worker died after a vehicle slid off a tow truck and into the path of the worker this afternoon in San Francisco, a police spokeswoman said.

“Our city family is mourning today following the death of Lilianna Preciado, a valued employee with the Public UtilitiesCommission,” Mayor Mark Farrell said in a statement.

Preciado, 34, was a utility plumber. She joined the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission in 2012 as an apprentice utility plumber and after completing the apprentice program she was promoted to utility plumber, according to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

“We are beyond devastated to learn that we lost one of our own
employees this afternoon,” Harlan Kelly, general manager of the public utilities commission, said in a statement.

Kelly added, “Lilianna was a dedicated public servant who proudly served as one of only a few female plumbers on our team. Out hearts and prayers are with her family, friends and coworkers tonight as we all mourn this terrible loss.”

Police went at 2:04 p.m. to 28th and Diamond streets in the Noe
Valley neighborhood because of a traffic collision, Officer Grace Gatpandan said.

A tow truck driver was loading a vehicle on the truck’s bed when
the truck malfunctioned and the vehicle slid into the path of three city employees working in the area.

Gatpandan said two workers were able to get out of the way of the truck but one wasn’t.

Preciado died at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
following the collision, police and hospital spokesman Brent Andrew said.

Farrell said, “We are incredibly saddened anytime a member of the city family passes away, but it is particularly painful when an individual perishes while working on the behalf of San Francisco.

“My most sincere thoughts and deepest condolences are with the
friends, family members and professional colleagues of Lilianna at this time.”

The collision is being investigated by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health and the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

The tow truck driver cooperated with police. Gatpandan said no one has been arrested.

-Keith Burbank, Bay City News

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